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Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Uber for X // Startups that deliver what you want, when you want it — like Uber, but for groceries, laundry, munchies, etc. — are revamping their business plans or shutting down entirely. It turns out that the on-demand model is so cash-intensive that it only really works if you're, well, Uber.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Episode 064 — Disrupting Trump by ExponentFM
37:00 - people go to amazon. pipe of stuff // same w Netflix - pipe of entertainment / front door of entertainment // cost free, marginally no cost to expand // key is now discovery! // but suppliers have no choice. cost pressure. // aggregation theory // differentiation only from being irreplaceable. unique. focused. narrow. avoid go out of way of commoditization. price is dead. newspaper itself has been fractured, broken up. // amazon is default for consumers. // how would you build a business that fit into amazon? that still makes you successful? differentiate to the point where you get a direct connection to the consumer! << custom to order quote paintings and other!? Want to compete in a completely new arena! where things are not scalable. where people can't compete on price with you. no "low-end focus" // winner take all effects - monopsony - size leverage to command conditions. // 1:12:00 find a niche
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Masters in Business: Yale Professor Robert Shiller (Audio) by Bloomberg View
history has proven again, markets are not efficient long-term // psychology is disreputable in econ department. // cognitive dissonance - justifying X action by looking around ... / Efficient-market hypothesis is a hypothesis for a reason; "it's a half-truth" "sometimes market moves don't reflect market news." // irrational exuberance // book fooled by randomness // 24:00 eugene phama - markets are very efficient, prices reflect all the knowledge out there, just buy the index, don't try to beat the market. buy passive index // don't play poker with your life savings. << robert shiller // 30:00 look at politics science, sociology, psychology - influence markets, people. broader disciplines. economists disregard them. // finance is about manage risk! about being a productive society and progress, and not suffer from boom and bust cycle! + financing activities ie VC gov supported R&D // & gov being a support pillar for all and not picking winners, can't forecast the future!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The blame for distorting our view of women doesn’t lie just with advertisers | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian
If we objected strongly enough to warped views of female bodies, women would take our custom elsewhere. But we keep buying the brands that offend us [...] But the lack of change in this area suggests consumers are not changing their spending habits. And as most of the consumers of the brands and products these advertisers are selling to are women purporting to hate this kind of thing, we have a conundrum: why are we still doing this? Why aren’t we putting our money where our mouths are? And then, obviously, in further solidarity taking our mouths off for a pizza somewhere? [...] Asking, or compelling by legislation, advertisers to do this runs counter to almost every prevailing ideology and trend. It asks that moneymaking ventures act for the greater good instead of the bottom line. It asks government to chip away at a cornerstone of the free market. It conceptualises women as hapless victims of intangible forces.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robots are coming for your job. That might not be bad news
The problem with automation isn’t technology. The problem is capitalism. // [ Deflationary pressure, 3bn people in developing world and frontier markets unemployed, waiting to join workforce. ] [ who buys the gadgets and widgets when half the world is unemployed ] // This time, as Martin Ford argues in Rise of The Robots, education and upscaling won’t help us. There will simply be fewer jobs to go around, as everything from accountancy to journalism will be done faster, cheaper and more efficiently by machines. The result, as Jerry Kaplan agrees in Humans Need Not Apply, is that billions will be left destitute – unless we radically rethink our way of keeping people fed.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
There's a Simpler Way to Fight Climate Change, California - Bloomberg View
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Emission_Trading_Scheme // out of the privy of gauging and science, let market deceide price of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions under framework to reduce near-term emissions - incentive to reduce and invest in emission reduction and renewable energy ... ... in addition to regulation, targets, tax incentives (always watered down with the threat of jobs - politicians are job destroyers: reframing, spin. and Career Politicians are spineless and without character and principles holding against it "if you don't like to do business here, somebody else will gladly take you place.") vs just self-regulation and market forces. because there is no 2nd earth and this experiment can't be re-run in different set-up. meaing A ... test, asses. and then A and B ... test, assess after 10 years. we don't have that much time. and politicians aren't that long in office.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Number of workers on zero-hours contracts up by 19% | UK news | The Guardian
Office for National Statistics says number of people reporting that they work on contracts with no minimum hours has risen to 744,000 [...] “The effect of zero-hours contracts on market behaviour and outcomes is thus likely to be greater than their incidence might suggest.” He also said that more employers would stop offering full-time permanent contracts to avoid paying the steep rise in the national living wage for the over-25s that comes into force next April. “In an otherwise very lightly regulated UK labour market the forthcoming large hike in the minimum wage when the national living wage (NVL) is introduced next year might act as a further incentive to employers to increase their use of zero-hours contracts – which are already very prevalent in sectors where the NVL will bite hardest - in order to minimise the impact on total labour costs.” [ study shows ppl are worse of, much more worse off ] &! Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed' - bit.ly/1Nn9yiT
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Peer to Peer Market - Academic Paper.
Peer-to-peer markets such as eBay, Uber, and Airbnb allow small suppliers to compete with traditional providers of goods or services. We view the primary function of these markets as making it easy for buyers to find sellers and engage in convenient, trustworthy transactions. We discuss elements of market design that make this possible, including search and matching algorithms, pricing, and reputation systems. We then develop a simple model of how these markets enable entry by small or flexible suppliers, and the resulting impact on existing firms. Finally, we consider the regulation of peer-to-peer markets, and the economic arguments for different approaches to licensing and certification, data, and employment regulation.
P2P  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall Street [...] Any company that cannot demonstrate a clear route to monopolising its space, monetising its users’ data on a vast scale, is to be discarded, targeted for acquisition, consigned to perpetual dowdiness. [...] When I’ve pointed to Wikipedia, Apache or Linux as harbingers of a new, non-market, open source economics, one of the stock responses is: “now show us something more spectacular.” The problem is, these modest, functional and free products are already in their own way spectacular. Wikipedia is the biggest information product in the world; Apache runs half the world’s web servers; and Linux is the system of choice for at least a third of all servers (the computers that run businesses) and 97% of the world’s supercomputers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - YouTube
// good and services - commoditisation - near priceless. // mass market becomes zero marginal cost business - commodity! thus have to differentiate ie through freemium/premium/subscription model! two tier. // attention span - news is free, ppl are satiated quiet often with free news, that they don't pay for premium products (except niche) like analysis&perspective & brand pull. have to add more value to core value prop and intangible value - like community & leadership // every consumer can become a prosumer //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they aren't telling you about work - YouTube
hollowing out // automation - vs - skill & problem solving (figuring out how to automate/put something together/create new) - vs - end of the chain work (low end, manual, repetitive, service...) // within the next 20 years, 47% of jobs in developed world could be replaced by robots/automation/machines // Future of Work is about problem solving, not putting (end of the chain) things together. figuring out the new, making the new, making something better, more efficient, faster, better quality, ... // and as it stands now, those who reap the rewards will be few. and gov policy, ie tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax code, fairness, --- gains have to be shared.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Segment Models Growth for Two-Sided Marketplaces
a marketplace is the hardest thing to pull off, especially consumer.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Do SpoonRocket and GoodEggs signal the beginning of the on demand food contraction?
Postmates-- unlike almost all leaders in every ecommerce and mobile commerce segment-- has insisted on growing at a rational pace, while protecting margins. Some would be investors have criticized Postmates for not going on more of a land grab. But other investors I’ve spoken with have been impressed with CEO Bastian Lehman’s restraint in such a free-spending environment. Particularly since Uber has told him -- literally in 2012-- and through its actions recently that it’ll “see (him) in the trenches.” The crazy over-funded trenches lined with subsidy, customer acquisition gold...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter | TechCrunch
I recently heard a story about one VC pushing a company to drive their burn up from $1 million a month to $2.5 million. Unfortunately, an inefficient sales force will always come back to bite you in the butt. We typically think of 60 percent as the benchmark for a healthy performing sales organization. Anything less and you don’t have a repeatable model. [ avc did write about that you need to find product/market fit, traction, self starter, great net promoting score, without spending marketing/advertising/pr ] [...] The goal of every entrepreneur and VC for that matter should be to build sustainable and scalable businesses. The only way to do that is to focus on the metrics that truly matter. The companies that nail many, if not all, of the above criteria will be the ones that make it to the finish line, and the balance will be wandering through the forest looking for someone to feed them.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
El-Erian: This Is Not 1998 or 2008 - YouTube
it is a repricing. a correction. prices got too far away (reflation of equity & co through ZIRP, NIRP, QE, speeches, plus hunt for yield & FOMO). It just happened to be China being the trigger, the wake-up call - very loud wake-up call - bc of its economic size and heft. (taper talks 2015 that made equity already nervous, and bond holders too, was too timid). Reality check. // Was it justified, yes. // In the long-run, we are all dead. And in the long-run things will, eventually, correct itself. // People may take now into account a new normal, lower interest rate environment, lower global growth, lower yields, lower inflationary pressures, lower dividend payments, more work that corporates (crony capitalism) need to do to squeeze out that earnings growth especially in the western world. inequality - low wage growth/stagnation - less discretionary spending on non-essential items (in the western world). & "realization that policy tools were less effective". &! bv.ms/1NFsFUn
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#mediabuzz | Howard Kurtz | Fox News
Amazon a cyber-sweatshop? SARAH LACY praised the New York Times reporting on Amazon: "When you freak out the tech world, you're a powerful news organization." // "brutally efficient" 'white and blue collar jobs being exposed to the same treatment manual work and service sector jobs have been treated by competition and globalisation (flat and borderless world), for the last +30 years. "it's what you don't say and how it gets interpreted down the line." // Investigative Journalism! NYT (paper), a institution, a stalwart of investigative journalism, reporting, holding companies and people accountable, .... same along the line of bit.ly/1NRsG5N - One overlooked theme emerging from the Times’s Amazon story is the power of the paper itself. // this story underlines, is a data point in time, you can look back on. and say the world went this way such and such // competing on price is the easiest thing to do! the first thing in reach! its about the hard things that actually leverage/multiplier
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The great Uber fairness fallacy: as a driver, how do you bargain with an app? | Technology | The Guardian
Businesses have been shedding their identity as employers for at least 30 years, profiting from the work performed by ‘independent contractors’ without the cost, risk or aggravation of actually dealing with employees
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Culture: Toxic or Just Tough? by The Jay & Farhad Show
Hello! This week, Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) and Jay Yarow (Business Insider) are joined by special guest Jodi Kantor (New York Times) to discuss her polarizing article about Amazon's culture. // // how technology functions in the workplace - efficiency, quantified self << the feedback tool you can always use, what ever your state of emotion, gripe, stick, bias, prejudice, ... feudal Darwinism creeps into knowledge worker, white-collar and blue-collar workers, MBA's and PhD's. [...] contributes to gender inequality (women with the back on their wall, leave or get started and forget about family & kids, life.) [...] brutal years are NOT Tour of Duty - Reid Hoffman The Alliance. // PS: Reed Hastings (Netflix) Culture document transpires that it is expected to contribute, even if it doesn't spell it out. Netflix also had to fight and overcome as much as Amazon! Proves again that internal & external environment a company finds itself affects its values & culture inevitable [Thesis].
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
Who Will Own the Robots? - We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates? // BY MARTIN FORD - The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ &! Inequality: What Can Be Done? BY ANTHONY B. ATKINSON &! The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies BY ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MCAFEE // &! Paul Krugman - “A lot of what’s happening [in income inequality] is not just the gods of technology telling us what must happen but is in fact [due to] social constructs that could be different.” - gov policy, corporate policy (ie 4-day work week and 6-hour days because productivity and profit margin do allow for that, and more brings diminished returns etc etc but will that go down well with Wall Street?)
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Revealed: Building Amazon One Box at a Time - YouTube
Not in Silicon Valley. Not inside the bubble. was not inside the bubble when it imploded. // can not rest on your laurels. can not stop for a second innovating. even trying hard to disrupt yourself (Kindle) and capture the market (monopsony - in book and ebook market and w audible the audiobook market). and taking out your partners (delivery firms) with building very close to the city their warehouses. also, locking in customers with Amazon Prime, and convenience one click order. and having the verything store. Amazon A9 - its search engine could be the one of the top 5 search engines in the world. Google, YouTube, ... Amazon? or Bing/Yahoo in between? // Nobody can compete on price with Amazon with popular items! they discount popular items to attract (loss leader items). making it up all the other items of the long tail // run in late with lots of antitrust. // all encompassing (encapsulating every decision) motto: obsessing over customer & inventing in the name of the customer.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why an Instagram Tweak Spells the Beginning of a Multibillion-Dollar Industry | Re/code
Last week, Instagram — the image-based social network with more than 300 million users — made a change that barely received notice outside the tech world. It officially switched on its API, or application programming interface, for ads. [...] On a practical level, it means that the Internet’s newest advertising behemoth is officially open for business. Thanks in part to the new API, Instagram’s current mobile ad revenue of $595 million a year is expected to rocket to $2.8 billion by 2017 — leaving even giants like Twitter and Google in the rearview mirror in the U.S. market. [...] Ads can now be purchased by just about anyone, using online ad-buying tools offered by official Instagram partners. [...] businesses can now log onto third-party sites to create, target and place an ad — self-serve style. [...] In June, Instagram opened up ad-targeting tools that tap into user data from Facebook profiles.
Instagram  Facebook  business  model  pageviews  native  advertising  advertising  advertisement  branded  content  native  content  API  Platform  TOS  Marketplace  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Big  Data  user 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan Exports Its Way to Irrelevance - Bloomberg View
[ Politicians as always will react with reactionary unimaginative policy, competing for the same pie. instead of enabling, supporting new pies to be created. ] But Abe needs to recognize, as China already has, that this is only the latest sign of a broader reality: Asia's old export model of economic growth no longer works. [...] All the stimulus BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda can muster won't change the worsening trajectory of the region's most-populous nation. That's why Abe needs to take a page from Beijing and focus more on creating new industries at home. [ the base of home grown new market/category/vertical also includes sound middle class to buy those products. demand at home. social safety net (security). and less inequality. progressive taxation. fight tax evasion/avoidance, monopoles, monopsonies, bribery, corruption. and politicians making policy for lobby. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
Clay  Shirky  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality  Platform  user  generated  content  Open  Platform  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  noise  curation  curator  content  curation  Newsfeed  algorithm  Google  Search  Page  Rank  Twitter  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  on-demand  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Uber  AirBnB  Lyft  e-commerce  YouTube  fragmented  Silicon  Valley  franchising  model  franchise 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Zirtual's Maren Kate Donovan: "Numbers were just completely f***ed" - Fortune
Zirtual's 'outsourced CFO' gives his side of the shutdown story - for.tn/1gEw7BD - As for Keating, he continues to support Donovan. “She was a great CEO. It just became very hard to get on top of the business model.” // &! bit.ly/1DR6usb - Why Zirtual’s Demise Makes Me Glad I Turned Down Millions in Funding [...] I can imagine the pain of admitting failure to someone that you previously spent all of your energy trying to convince of your success. // &! via bit.ly/1L9utCA - bit.ly/1Na7c5I - To Maren and the rest of the Zirtual Management Team [...] You knew long ago it was not going to be able to be sustained and you did nothing morally and ethically responsible toward fixing it. [ true steadfast entrepreneur (&business) (which can't be taught in university/mba) fixing the ship: doing the hard things, painful things. the right things for all existing shareholders. << book - The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers ]
Zirtual  business  model  Gig  Economy  1099  Economy  self-employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Share  Economy  Marketplace  efficiencies  on-demand  convenience  book  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  of  You  Leadership  operation  operations 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it | Calacanis.com
“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The majority of the screen real estate is now ads! In the example above 11 of the 12 links are advertisements! [...] I could see Apple knocking 10 points off Google’s search business here in the USA in the next couple of years by simply making search an advertising-free piece of Apple’s OPERATING SYSTEM! [...] Apple is leapfrogging Google by making search something that is built into the core of your mobile phone and desktop. [ user experience, frictionless ] [...] Tim Cook is painting Google, accurately, as the evil successor to Microsoft, and Google’s management team is reinforcing this by closing ranks and destroying their partners. [ If its free to use, ... you are paying with your usage, with your data, your identity, ... ]
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Google  Shopping  Apple  Android  Appification  vertical  Marketplace  iOS  Don't  be  evil  ericschmidt  Eric  Schmidt  Steve  jobs  TOS  Microsoft  Bing  EULA  Windows  10  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  cookies  perma-cookie  Big  Data  metadata  Meta  Data 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing | TechCrunch
raise money to buy customers/bring customers onto the platform, and hope 50% stay on it and use it regularly; cost of customer acquisition, ops cost, lifetime customer value. scale to make and idea a sustainable business / cross fingers. // There is an App for that.
Marketplace  Appification  Google  Search  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  on-demand  convenience  vertical  plurality  efficiencies  Rocket  Internet 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy | TechCrunch
The fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. [...] However, because Homejoy acted as a platform “middle man,” taking a 25 percent cut of the transaction, the wage economics for pros did not make sense. Thus, this attracted young, inexperienced and low-quality pro labor (at times even homeless people), leading to inconsistent and lower-quality work. This mix doesn’t quite cut it for the average homeowner who wants a spotless home, thus leading to platform churn. [ low lifetime customer value that does not cover the cost of ops and customer acqusition ] It wasn’t all bad for homeowners. Homejoy did match some skilled pros with homeowners, driving them to form real business relationships. The issue was these relationships were typically taken “offline” (i.e., platform leakage). [...] Full-service on-demand platforms have been seeing success among more commoditized types of services.
Homejoy  on-demand  convenience  Share  Economy  1099  Economy  Service  Sector  Jobs  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  Niedriglohnsektor  burn  rate  runway  customer  acquisition  user  churn  middleman  repeat  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Empire of the geeks | The Economist
Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash [...] Critics are often from industries wanting to protect their privileges; the geeks’ aggressive behaviour is sometimes part of the creative destruction that leads to progress. But that is not the only source of anger. Silicon Valley also dominates markets, sucks out the value contained in personal data, and erects business models that make money partly by avoiding taxes. There is a risk that global consumers will feel exploited and that the effects of a shrinking tax base will infuriate voters. If the perception takes root that enormous profits from exploiting data and avoiding taxes are crystallised in the fortunes of a few people living on a patch of ground near San Francisco, then there will be a backlash." // recent emergence of marketplace for X and gig platform for X - 1099 Economy etc etc, making money with our data - Facebook.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Sees Click Growth But Value Falls - YouTube
Search Advertising less valuable, less conversion 2 advertisers. Despite being 'relevant.' Social Media (Facebook's +70% share) is eating (taking away some of) Google's lunch ... is reacting internally, knowing that they might have reached the peak value/per click. Reducing cost (headcount and investment spending) // &! youtu.be/ZeNzCP_Jbf4 - &! - Mobile will be worth more next year than Desktop Search!? & Vertical search competition (intention) ie OpenTable, Yelp!, Amazon, YouTube (2nd biggest search engine), Linkedin (people), Facebook (people), Twitter Search (breaking events) vs Google News, banner/display advertising (Programmatic Advertising) w Google AdSense - vs - AOL (acquired by Verizon) // &! tcrn.ch/1LkPDjP "The market has recently focused on Google’s cost profile, especially in the context of the company’s slowing revenue growth." << Wall Street. Even Google cant deny Wall Streets demands. &! on.recode.net/1J9SwlR
Google  Google  Search  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  Yahoo!  Facebook  display  advertising  TV  advertising  marketplace  marketplace  efficiencies  Social  Media  native  advertising  branded  content  added  value  value  creation  intent  vertical  Google  News  Programmatic  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  mainstreet.org  marketshare 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
One Year In, CUPS Is Serving Coffee Through 170 NYC Shops - TCTV News | TechCrunch TV
[OpenTable ( https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/opentable ) for Coffee ] Vertical Niche Google !!! on your phone, and will try to unite Indie coffee shops and give them economies of scale, leverage, to buy resources ie milk // can also help facilitate loyalty programs across different stores via subscription // http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/09/sweet-sweet-caffeine/ - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cups
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Helpling: Putzportal-Chef Franke über Preise und Festanstellungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Putzjob: Zwischen 8 und 9,50 Euro Stundenlohn verdienen "Helplinge" - minus Kosten für Rentenversicherung, Anfahrt, Arbeitskleidung --- Die Plattform Helpling vermittelt günstige Putzkräfte. Forciert sie nur die Ausbeutung von Tagelöhnern? Hier spricht Mitgründer Benedikt Franke über karge Stundenlöhne. [...] KarriereSPIEGEL: On-Demand-Plattformen verbrennen derzeit vor allem Geld. Ihr US-Konkurrent Homejoy soll pro Auftrag zwölf Dollar Verlust einfahren. Wird Helpling jemals profitabel arbeiten können? Franke: Unser Geschäft hängt ganz davon ab, ob es uns gelingt, langfristige Kundenbeziehung aufzubauen. Darauf konzentrieren wir uns derzeit, versuchen aus ganzer Kraft, das Kundenerlebnis zu optimieren. Operativ arbeiten wir bereits profitabel. [ LTV - user lifetime value got to be < than user acquisition cost = sustainable (if operation can be paid for and some little profit even) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value ] - bit.ly/1NP6Ore "digitaler feudalismus"
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who wins from workplace flexibility? - BBC News
It has to do with something economists call 'the backward bending supply curve of labour.' As with much of economics, this gymnastic-sounding graphic concept is much simpler than it sounds. On the y-axis is pay: on the x-axis hours worked. At low levels of pay, people have to work long hours to make ends meet. Pay them more, give them more security, and they want more time to themselves. Pay them lots, and they offer fewer hours because they want more leisure time, and the opportunity to spend all that moolah. That's where the curve bends back. [...] A big problem with depending on freelance workers or overtime is that you can't be sure the staff are available when vital services need them. And in a sellers' market for working hours, the trains and the health service find themselves in trouble. ... Workforce planning
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education - YouTube
learning to learn on your own. // against indoctrination, dogma, propaganda, // student debt is a trap // exponential impact of technology, augmented intelligence, robotics, software, automation, ... hockey stick move will come/near. // framework to guide your pursuit << understand what u are looking for. otherwise will go in wrong direction. randomness. // nobel prize winners didn't publish most articles in journals, they knew what to look for. capacity to seek what is significant. (defying other peoples dogma) always willing to question whether you are on the right track or not. // education mostly seen as investment into people that create jobs/economic growth. rather than create better human beings. // taking tests can be of use to some extent. taking tests, score well, but have not interest in it, and understand very little and keep very little long-term. // better to learn to understand and explore than to score insular test questions. IT MATTERS WHAT YOU DISCOVER.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber’s drivers are employees, not “contractors”: California labor commission ruling | PandoDaily
[ Uber is not a stakeholder in the local economy and does not share economic interest of the population at large. Uber = privatization of public/private transportation. an option for convenience. trading money for time and convenience ] Uber’s business model—skim profits off drivers, while avoiding the expenses that come with hiring drivers as employees—just suffered a major blow: the California labor commission has just ruled that Uber’s drivers are, in fact, employees, not contractors. Uber, which has seen its valuation soar to over $50 billion, can no longer claim that it is just a nifty little app that happens to pair up micro-entrepreneurial drivers and consumers, thereby avoiding the expenses and laws that other transportation and logistics companies have to bear. The ruling will significantly impact Uber’s valuation, now that they’ll have to pay and treat their drivers like employees.
Uber  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  self-employment  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  exploitation  commodity  business  commoditization  public  transportation  transportation  public  utility  utility  infrastructure  infrastructure  investment  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Florida man undermines Uber’s claim that drivers aren’t employees | PandoDaily
tech-enabled marketplace in your pocket. (1) trading money for time and (2) finding through the marketplace efficiently someone to do it (price discovery, finding a natural equilibrium - how ever it might look). A search engine for people doing manual mennial labour. // http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040863/stop-saying-uber-is-part-of-the-sharing-economy
1099  Economy  Share  Economy  self-employment  contractor  contract  Zero  Hour  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  neoliberal  neoliberalism  working  poor  precarious  work  Precariat  poverty  uncertainty  USA  UK  Europe  exploitation  marketplace  on-demand  convenience  Uber  Lyft  Hailo  Instacart  Postmates  Homejoy  Helpling  Handy  minimum  wage  living  wage  search  engine  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Elizabeth Warren: No Need to Stop Uber-ized Workforce, but Must Invest in Education (Video) | Re/code
Warren defends Uber-ization of labor // Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator denounced by some as a “far-left” socialist radical, came out in support of the “Uber-ization” of the labor force. “We’re not going to stop tech so that lots of people will work,” Sen. Warren said at yesterday’s Code Conference. “That’s like saying, ‘Let’s get rid of heavy equipment and let people dig with a spoon.'” // "how the on-demand economy is creating full-time jobs out of part-time work. Several startups, like Uber, rely on contract employers. Google CEO Larry Page has predicted that part-time working will soon be the norm." // marketplace lowers prices! its inevitable. Except there is regulation and a guaranteed income /w around minimum wage. // Wall Street - Capitalism - rootless global corporations (& money have no conscience) has no self-limiter. Is no stakeholder in a local economy has no shared economic interest whether in a local economy nor country. // on.recode.net/1eAwEE0
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
I was an undercover Uber driver :: Cover :: Philadelphia City Paper
I talked to maybe 20 randomly hailed UberX and Lyft drivers between November and March. All but one were male immigrants, primarily from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, and most spoke heavily accented English. It's a completely different group from the drivers I'm able to get in touch with through Uberpeople.net, the demographics of which I'd call "Reddit-ish." All the immigrant drivers who spoke to me took a lot of pride in providing excellent service. Few had been Uber drivers for more than a month or two. Many were helping support multiple family members, most had at least one other job and all worked hours that would reduce me to a weeping wreck in a month. [// working on a marketplace platform does not allow you to differentiate yourself // Seth Godin - being remarkable, the purple cow] [Uber also in transparent about cost structure for drivers and their own mini business] [Uber&Co, bc of marketplace, is resistant 2 workers protests] [there is also no minimum wage]
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Vive Aims To Make Everyday A Great Hair Day | TechCrunch
[ remote control for your life ] // vertical - niche - on-demand convenience (based on disposable/discretionary spending) marketplace // see already existing StyleSeat which has broad application - youtu.be/7jwHz7NcI0g - youtu.be/D3MNMyX8O6s - youtu.be/ZzpBvyzmijk - from Melody McCloskey
mobile  phone  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Platform  on-demand  convenience  disposable  income  StyleSeat 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rocket Internet übernimmt Berliner Wellness-Plattform Somuchmore | Gründerszene
[ Copycats. Problem mit copycats ist, das es keinen Druchbruch/IPO geben wird der +500 mitarbeiter in Berlin beschaeftigt und somit nicht zum vergroessern des ecosystems beitraegt. Opportunisten sind keine Visionaere. Dieses ding ist auch wieder ein marketplace/pooling/convenience/economies of scale/disposable income ding. Macht X effizienter und spart dem einen oder anderen ein wenig Geld. Aber um die Welt wird es nicht gehen, und auch nicht veraendern. "Dent in the universe." Weil kaufen tuts nur wer sich es leisten kann. ] // Rocket Internet hat mal wieder zugelangt. Diesmal in der Heimatstadt Berlin: Die Samwer-Firmenschmiede übernimmt das Wellness-Startup Somuchmore. Das vermittelt Kurse für Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Tanz, Kampfkunst, Fitness, Gesundheit, Ernährung oder persönliche Weiterentwicklung im Monatsabo an die Kunden.
ClassPass  Rocket  Internet  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Germany  culture  society  Failure  stigma  opportunist  Opportunism  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Samwer  Brothers  marketplace  efficiencies  disposable  income  Vision 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber, the Rashomon | PandoDaily
[ low skill, routine job ] When an Uber glides to its appointed pickup point, what do we see? Do we see an innovator hastening the inexorable shift to a new information-based economy? Or an arrogant bully using cheap capital, greed, and a dangerous, misogynist culture of convenience to consolidate a trillion dollar market? Or do we see both? [...] I’m sure pure Uber defenders exist, but the truth is, most of us are worried about the sheer expression of capitalistic force that the company represents. [...] Uber is the poster child for our global conversation about the role of work in our society, and about the kind of company we want to create, work at, and celebrate. [SV] its male-dominated, aggressive philosophy of “breaking things fast” and “asking for forgiveness rather than permission.” Uber feels inevitable — a uniquely of-the-moment company, a mirror held up to the Valley’s aggregate psyche.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Super-rich have doubled their wealth since economic crisis | The Sunday Times
The total wealth of the richest 1,000 individuals and families in Britain has more than doubled in the last 10 years to £547bn, the survey reported. // work is disproportionally taxed compared to capital and capital gains.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen: Kommentar zu Rücktritt von Piëch und Ehefrau - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Symptom (first cracks) of an Industry and Industrial Might at the Top of its Power. Fall from grace. Industrial Revolution gets ousted by Industrial Revolution 2.0 (3D Printing, Share Economy, Marketplaces (tradesy, poshmark for fashion), Millennials (preferring not to have possessions and idle assets with low utilisation rates, its about experiences.), Software eats the world, Robotics, Automation, Future of Work, Mobile Creatives. Detroit was the beginning. China, BRIC, Emerging Market/Frontier Market Car consumption is only a buffer and will quickly adopt new generational change seen in western world towards not buying. Status Anxiety/Selbstdarstellung happens now on the Platforms of the internet/Phone. 2nd/3rd photo of your new car is becoming boring & stale. &! bit.ly/1Gwoc4C &! Chronologie des VW-Machtkampfs: Das Golfsrudel [...] Der Machtkampf bei Deutschlands größtem Autokonzern wird immer verworrener. bit.ly/1OUj2hR &! bit.ly/1E8kDOc &! bit.ly/1HGNonr
Volkswagen  VW  Porsche  BMW  Audi  conglomerate  industrial  policy  Revolution  Revolution  2.0  Millennials  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Share  Economy  3D  printing  Future  of  Work  automation  Robotics  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  self-employment  working  poor  precarious  Precariat  contractor  Zeitarbeit  Zero  Hour  Contract  generational  change  homescreen  first  phone  on-demand  convenience  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  Selbstdarstellung  narcissism  society  Western  World  lifestyle  society  culture  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
We Are All Venture Capitalists Now | TechCrunch
In Mediocristan, you work fixed hours for a fixed wage. In Extremistan, success is enormously lucrative, but failure is far more common … and, for artists, condemns you to a life of grinding poverty and/or working outside of your chosen field. Of course tech startups also live in Extremistan. So too does venture capital itself, a meta-tournament of picking winners, in which enough money is (hopefully) made from the few big hits to outweigh the inevitable failures– –and so too will we all, soon enough. I’ve argued before that, because software is eating the world, “technology is slowly dragging us all, economically, away from Mediocristan and into Extremistan.” The power of software is such that it gives ever-smaller numbers of people ever-greater leverage. Meanwhile, much of yesterday’s rote Mediocristan work can and will be automated tomorrow. As a result, our economies are moving (slowly, in fits and starts) to a power-law Extremistan future. [ Seth Godin "be remarkable" ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Mark Hatch & Thomas Kalil | Studio SX | SXSW ON - YouTube
min 8:30 // by 2030, 50% of the employment will be self-employed, contractors, freelancers, consultants ... including on the manufacturing side. not just knowledge workers and the services industry. // western world's middle class and affluence gets hollowed out by the rise of the rest, loss of competitive advantage, and the 2nd industrial revolution. taking greater share of the growth of the global economy, compared to western world.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding | TechCrunch
[the rise of the marketplace and on-demand and convenience start-up ideas, that want to be businesses. sustainable businesses. ] Yet another one applying one of the above mentioned ideas at a multi-million dollar market. But will it be big enough? Will it scale (being sustainable; LTV, user acquisition cost)? It's not used weekly nor even every month. Thus every lead/prospect has to be acquired through marketing/SEO/SEM/Social Media or the experience (visiting site doesn't always lead to conversion/booking a mechanic) has to be 'wow' and service has to go beyond what was expected (delighted), thus being recommended/word of mouth/high net promoter score. Lots of challenges. Millennials and GenY might convert easier, but not baby boomers. Learned habits, however painful, are hard to unlearn and change. Plus, there is the trend that owning isn't cool! Car ownership is trending down. Period. This thing has so many fundamentals against it. Lets see in +2yrs time if it can get 2 A Round.
marketplace  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  convenience  on-demand  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages: Amazon.co.uk: Carlota Perez: 9781843763314: Books
Carlota Perez draws upon Schumpeter's theories of the clustering of innovations to explain why each technological revolution gives rise to a paradigm shift and a "New Economy" and how these "opportunity explosions", focused on specific industries, also lead to the recurrence of financial bubbles and crises. // // imagine in the USA, no welfare state & social safety net, +500.000 self-employed workers on those marketplaces find no jobs because of a deep recession (short-fall of disposable income for convenience services) // bit.ly/1BrAPFJ - In the new world of on-demand everything, you’re either pampered, isolated royalty — or you’re a 21st century servant. [...] Carnegie Mellon researchers warned that the internet could make us into hermits.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
If The UK Economy Is Doing So Well, Why Does It Feel So Bad? — Bull Market — Medium
( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32163541 ) Certainly in the case of the UK, productivity growth (the ultimate driver of higher living standards) has been exceptionally weak. And even if the UK is an exceptional case, productivity weakness has been widespread globally - as Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Martin Weale has recently argued. As Karl Whelan has argued, there are reasons to worry that this reflects a longer term trend rather than just a hang-over from the financial crisis. In other words, if we are trying to explain weak growth we may need to pay as much attention to the supply side of the economy as the demand side. [...] Professor Summers, his broader secular stagnation thesis does take into account supply side factors which have reduced the desired rate of investment. [...] the political debate on the economy suffers from an illusion of control. [ gov bonds are no uber productive investments ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
In Silicon Valley Frenzy, VCs Create New Inside Track - WSJ
special purpose vehicles are create to put together and make possible in the first place these mega growth rounds, sometimes mainly by existing investors own network. Because some funds raised itself by VC's are just 200-500m - covering an expected distance of 5 years with an additional 5 years or more till maturation of investments done with said fund, more even longer like +10 years. Some even are not cashing out during an IPO of said investment, bc history/data has shown that the return is of the long-term greater past the IPO compared to investment point to IPO. // "“Entrepreneurs should focus on investors that deliver value to them,” said Jeff Clavier, managing partner of venture firm SoftTech VC. “When you crowd out experience just to get an SPV going, then that’s a problem.” // ie a16z which is not ur usual VC shop but more like a services shop 2 support & put said investment on a fast track ie HR & Ops. Same with s23p providing detailed risk analysis & to do list 4evry pitch.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Digitale Revolution: Die Deutsche Wirtschaft ist zu zufrieden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Skepsis ist angebracht. Die Digitalisierung ist dabei, das Leben umzuwälzen. Wie die Wirtschaft funktioniert, womit wir unseren Lebensunterhalt verdienen, wie wir zusammenleben, wie wir denken, lernen und fühlen - all das ist einem epochalen Wandel unterworfen. Wer die Folgen dieser Zeitenwende vor lauter Selbstzufriedenheit unterschätzt, lebt gefährlich. Eine Studie der Oxforder Forscher Carl Benedikt Frey und Michael Osborne kommt zu dem Ergebnis, dass durch die digitale Revolution 47 Prozent der heutigen US-Arbeitsplätze gefährdet sind; in anderen westlichen Ländern dürften die Dimensionen ähnlich sein. [...] Denn die Digitalisierung führt bei vielen Gütern zu einem rapiden Preisverfall. Zwischen 2010 und 2014 wurden Mobilcomputer in Deutschland um 40 Prozent billiger, IT-Dienstleistungen um zwölf Prozent, Mobiltelefonieren immerhin um neun Prozent, wie das Statistische Bundesamt vorrechnet. [future of Hardware as a Service ...]
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Etsy's IPO dilemma - YouTube
demands of growth!!! ridiculous. ... from passion (and not having losses) to expanding and losing the plot and making losses (incl or excl accounting gimmicks)
Etsy  Wall  Street  IPO  authenticity  authentic  community  marketplace  Amazon  corporate  governance  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025 « CBS San Francisco
[The 2nd Industrial Revolution enabled by Moore's Law from 2000-2030/50: autonomous cars, software eats the world, marketplaces, share economy, automation, robotics, AI/augmented reality, local - just in time manufacturing via 3D printing, renewable energy and 100% recycling of everything.] The transition is already beginning to happen. Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, says that their 2015 models will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time.1 And the major automakers aren’t far behind – according to Bloomberg News, GM’s 2017 models will feature “technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic.”2 Both Google3 and Tesla4 predict that fully-autonomous cars – what Musk describes as “true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination” – will be available to the public by 2020. (( via bit.ly/1DAKDDN ))
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Jahresbericht: OECD warnt vor lang anhaltender Stagnation - SPIEGEL ONLINE
OECD-weit setzten die Regierungen vor allem auf bildungs- und arbeitsmarktpolitische Maßnahmen. Sichtbare Erfolge konstatiert der Bericht bei der Reform von Programmen zur Arbeitslosenunterstützung, im Umbau der Rentensysteme und bei der Produktmarktregulierung. Die Steigerung der Arbeitsproduktivität bleibe eine der wichtigsten Voraussetzungen für langfristiges Wachstum. Daher sollten weiterhin vor allem jene Reformen im Fokus stehen, die Fähigkeiten und Qualifikationen fördern, auf denen wissensbasierte Gesellschaften aufbauen, empfehlen die Studienautoren. Ebenso wichtig sei es, die Bildungssysteme so zu gestalten, dass niemand außen vor bleibt.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
NASA: We're sending humans to Mars | Hacker News
It's not a matter of public/private indeed, it's a matter of size. The bigger an organization, the more dis-aligned individual and collective incentives become. In a start-up you can't afford to harm the enterprise in order to further your own interest: if you act parasitically you'll kill your host almost immediately. In a big company, you won't make a meaningful difference, neither positively nor negatively, so you may as well serve your own interests, irrespective of their effect on the whole company. Corollary: people who want to play corporate politics concentrate in big companies, because that's where you can do it with relative impunity. Big private companies offset this competitive disadvantage through economy of scales and/or lobbying; public services do it through taxes and monopolies. NASA isn't inefficient because it's public, but because it's huge. // &! on a different note. improving NHS by managed market approach!? offering choice = competition, w care&quality standards.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  corporate  culture  personal  values  corporate  values  meritocratic  meritocracy  decision  making  economies  of  scale  scaling  scale  lobby  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  inefficiencies  monopoly  NHS  oligopoly  oligopol  corporate  governance  crony  capitalism  creative  destruction 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Marketplaces Are Eating Firms | TechCrunch
The simple reason for this cost savings is the reduction in overhead. Freelance labor marketplaces don’t have middle layers of managers and other support staff, they have independent contractors rather than employees, and they don’t have the cost of office space. The cost savings are dramatic. Turnaround time and quality are also key service attributes that marketplaces are providing. Uber is the greatest example of a marketplace delivering a step change improvement in turnaround time. With scale, marketplaces have the ability to understand supply and demand and ensure that the right resources are available at the right time. All of this can be done automatically in marketplaces versus manually in firms. [...] I believe the top firms in any industry will continue to thrive for decades to come, but there will be an overall shrinking of the bottom and middle tiers of firms as they yield to well-run marketplaces. - bit.ly/1tppJx3
middleman  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  self-employment  contractor  job  security  uncertainty  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Work  competition  competitive  competitiveness 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Sascha Lobo: Sharing Economy wie bei Uber ist Plattform-Kapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
S.P.O.N. - Die Mensch-Maschine: Auf dem Weg in die Dumpinghölle. Der Konflikt um den Fahrdienst Uber illustriert einen globalen Trend. Was oft als Sharing Economy bezeichnet wird, ist in Wirklichkeit ein euphemistisch benannter Aspekt einer neuen digitalen Wirtschaftsordnung: des Plattform-Kapitalismus. +!+!+!+ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8347583 - The Demons Of On-Demand +!+!+!+ Legal challenges could threaten the business models of the on-demand startups relying on independent contractors. Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem? — An examination of tech's favorite labor model. "t's simply the digital middleman [...] fewer people [will] have traditional full-time or part-time jobs as a result. [...] "Perpetual, hourly employment is often deeply inefficient for all parties involved," (CAPITALISM SAYS) [... vs MyClean using Employee Structure, Controlling usr experience] - nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/silicon-valleys-contract-worker-problem.html +!+!+!+
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber Hires Uber-Lobbyist For European Expansion - Digits - WSJ
The company hired Mark MacGann, the former head of government affairs and public advocacy for exchange group NYSE Euronext in Brussels. MacGann updated his LinkedIn profile to include the new job, and confirmed the appointment in a message to the Journal. MacGann, a 20-year lobbying veteran, has been appointed head of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He left NYSE Euronext in May after four years at the firm. MacGann’s appointment comes after Uber hired David Plouffe, a key strategist behind president Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns. The firm’s chief executive Travis Kalanick said in a blog post in August that Plouffe had been hired to oversee global policy, communications and branding at Uber.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future | TechCrunch
The future will not be like the past. The future will be built by those who will take risks and action to invent the world they want. [...] Over the years, I have developed great skepticism toward so-called experts and pontificators who seem authoritative in forecasting and create an illusion of knowing based on very little actual expertise. [...] I have experienced the power of doers, the chaotic and naïve world of optimistic entrepreneurs who just try things, admit mistakes, fail, learn, iterate, try again and find solutions – often out of necessity. Accepting, even encouraging, the right kind of failure is the best way to discover the solution to our problems and close the resource gap. Learning by engaging, iterating and persisting, rather than pursuing academic studies or writing papers, seem to be the major drivers of change. [...] The biggest risk we can take is to not take any risks at all. [...] we need the impossible to bridge our resource gap.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
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